[ubuntu-uk] Wacom Intuos4 - how to install?

mac ammonius.grammaticus at gmx.co.uk
Tue Jun 9 20:51:23 BST 2009

daveg at boavon.plus.com wrote:
> I know very little about such things.  However, I'm not too bad at reading
> and there is a reasonable article in the July edition of LINUX Format
> covering a little about this sort of problem.  Apparantly on the
> accompanying DVD there is a copy of the article writers xorg.conf which
> gets the erasure, buttons and circular pad working.  Also within GIMP
> these features must be mapped to keystrokes which is done using wacompcpl
> tool, included apparantly in the linuxwacom package or available at
> http://linuxwacom.sourceforge.net

Thanks for the info.  The LF article is about the Wacom Bamboo, whereas 
I'm having serious problems with the Wacom Intuos4 (newer, I think - 
which may be part of the problem.)  I've tried the linuxwacom-0.8.3-4 
driver in Jaunty and linuxwacom-0.8.2-2 in Hardy, on different machines, 
so far with no success at all.

The hardware is detected (dmesg and lsusb show the Wacom), and the 
module is shown in lsmod, but there is no entry in 
/proc/bus/input/devices, and <modinfo -d wacom> reports 'no such 
device'.  (And I have added 'wacom' to /etc/modules.)

The result is that the /dev/input/wacom that xorg.conf points to is not 
being created.  In other words, there's no device driver.  Result: 
expensive graphics tablet = lump of lifeless plastic.  :-(

There are bug reports on Launchpad, and frustrated Intuos4 owners on the 
forums.  I'm near to putting the graphics tablet in a cupboard until a 
later version of Ubuntu has the right modules and drivers installed.

I'm going to download Fedora 11 tomorrow and see whether that's got the 
right kernel modules and drivers.  :-(


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